Deanna Williamson

Chair & Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Human Ecology Dept
Chair, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Human Ecology Dept

Contact

Chair & Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Human Ecology Dept
Email
deanna.williamson@ualberta.ca
Address
302E Human Ecology Building
8905 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2N1

Chair, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Human Ecology Dept
Email
deanna.williamson@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

Dr. Williamson's broad research interest is the well-being of families and their members within the context of social, economic, and political conditions. A central focus of her current research is the conceptualization and measurement of family functioning in contemporary families. As well, she has examined the influence that policy has on the well-being of families in poverty. Some of her research has explored the impact of health care and social assistance policies on the health behaviours and health of people living in poor families; whether the relationship between health behaviours and health is dependent on income adequacy; and the implications of welfare-to-work policies for the health and development of pre-school children in poverty.

Dr. Williamson is conducting a project entitled Family functioning in everyday life: The experiences of families with young children and diverse compositions, socioeconomic circumstances, and ethno-cultural origins, which offers opportunities for graduate students to pursue Master's and Doctoral research projects. In this study, a critical ethnographic approach is being used to generate in-depth descriptions of the processes engaged in by families as they function in their everyday lives, with attention to social, economic, and political influences, such as social ideals, social and economic policies, and employment conditions on family functioning.


Research

Current Research Grants 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2013-2018; Family Functioning in Everyday Life: The Experiences of Families with Young Children and Diverse Compositions and Ethno-Cultural Origins; Principal investigator: Williamson, D.L.; Co-investigators: Kushner, K.E., Pitre, N., & Skrypnek, B.J.; $489,000.

Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund, University of Alberta, 2016-2017; Needs assessment for enhanced field supervisor engagement within the Human Ecology Practicum Program; Principal Investigator: Chandler, K; Co-Investigator: Williamson, D.L.; $16,840.


Teaching

Graduate students currently supervised and their research topic/area of interest

  • Razak Oduro (PhD, Human Ecology) – Research interest: Social movements and poverty reduction 
  • Brenda Reynolds (MSc, Human Ecology) – Research interest: Urban Indigenous family functioning processes
  • Emily Hendsbee (MSc (course-based), Human Ecology) – Project focus: Families with a member with a disability 

Courses

HECOL 301 - Program Planning and Evaluation

Theories and processes of program planning, implementation, and evaluation from a human ecological perspective. Prerequisite: successful completion of *60.

Fall Term 2020
HECOL 682 - Program Planning and Evaluation

Theories, approaches, and processes fundamental to the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs that effect change and build capacity in families, communities and organizations.

Winter Term 2021
HECOL 691 - Professional Seminar 1

This professional development seminar is one in a series that provides an introduction to graduate study in the Department of Human Ecology, and to career development and professional issues in human ecology. Topics include: an introduction to the field of human ecology; what it means to be a graduate student; supervisory and professional relationships; research and teaching assistantships; applying for scholarships; professional networking; professional bodies/associations; conferences; academic and practice journals; and academic writing and referencing. Typically taken in the first semester of the graduate program.

Fall Term 2020
HECOL 692 - Professional Seminar 2

This professional development seminar is one in a series that provides an introduction to graduate study in the Department of Human Ecology, and to career development and professional issues in human ecology. Topics include: critical reading of the research literature; ethical issues in conducting research; preparing a submission for the research ethics review board; preparing and reviewing conference submissions; preparing a poster; and preparing a research proposal. Fulfills part of FGSR's mandatory ethics training requirement. Typically taken in the second semester of the graduate program.

Winter Term 2021
HECOL 693 - Professional Seminar 3

This professional development seminar is one in a series that provides an introduction to graduate study in the Department of Human Ecology, and to career development and professional issues in human ecology. Topics include: funding agencies; preparing and reviewing grant proposals; preparing and reviewing manuscripts for publication; oral presentations; writing for different audiences; and preparing for comprehensive exams. Typically taken in the third semester of the doctoral program.

Fall Term 2020
HECOL 694 - Professional Seminar 4

This professional development seminar is one in a series that provides an introduction to graduate study in the Department of Human Ecology, and to career development and professional issues in human ecology. Topics include: developing an academic career; obtaining teaching experience and developing a teaching dossier; developing a program of research; working in research teams; authorship; intellectual property issues related to research data; preparing for candidacy exams; surviving your dissertation; preparing a curriculum vita; and applying and interviewing for jobs or post-doctoral fellowships. Typically taken in the fourth semester of the doctoral program.

Winter Term 2021

Publications

On shifting ground: First-time parents’ ideal world of paid work and family time.
Author(s): Kushner, K.E., Sopcak, N., Breitkreuz, R., Pitre, N., Williamson, D.L., Rempel, G., Stewart, M., & Letourneau, N.
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Community, Work & Family,
Volume: 20
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 119-141

The timing and intensity of maternal employment in early childhood: Implications for Canadian children.
Author(s): Lightbody, T.K., & Williamson, D.L.
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Journal of Child and Family Studies
Volume: 26
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 1409-1421

Service-integration approaches for families with low income: Families First Edmonton community-based, randomized, controlled trial.
Author(s): Drummond, J., Wiebe, N., So, S., Schnirer, L., Bisanz, J., Williamson, D.L., Mayan, M., Templeton, L., & Fassbender, K.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Trials
Volume: 17
Issue: 343

Anticipating parenthood: Men’s & women’s meanings, expectations, & idea(l)s
Author(s): Kushner, K.E., Pitre, N., Williamson, D.L, Breitkreuz, R.S., & Rempel, G.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Marriage & Family Review,
Volume: 50
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 1-34

The protocol for the Families First Edmonton trial (FFE): A randomized community-based trial to compare four service integration approaches for families with low income
Author(s): Drummond, J., Schnirer, L., So, S., Mayan, M., Williamson, D.L., Bisanz, J., Fassbender, K., & Wiebe, N.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: BMC Health Services Research
Volume: 14
Page Numbers: 223-234

Explicating practicum program theory: A case example in human ecology
Author(s): Chandler, K., & Williamson, D.L.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Journal of Experiential Education,
Volume: 36
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 188-202

The self-sufficiency trap: A critical examination of welfare-to-work
Author(s): Breitkreuz, R.S., & Williamson, D.L.
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Social Service Review
Volume: 86
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 660-689

Interpreter-facilitated cross-language interviews: A research note
Author(s): Williamson, D.L., Choi, J., Charchuk, M., Rempel, G., Pitre, N., Breitkreuz, R.S., & Kushner, K.E
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: A research note. Qualitative Research
Volume: 11
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 381 - 394

Questioning the suitability of traditional self-report family functioning measures for single-parent families with young children
Author(s): Williamson, D.L., Skrypnek, B.J., de Los Santos, N.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Marriage & Family Review
Volume: 47
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 397-418

Dis-integrated policy: Welfare-to-work participants’ experiences of integrating paid work and unpaid family work
Author(s): Breitkreuz, R.S., Williamson, D.L., & Raine, K.D.
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: Community, Work, Family.
Volume: 13
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 43-69

Health as a resource for everyday life: Advancing the conceptualization
Author(s): Williamson, D.L., & Carr, J.
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Critical Public Health
Volume: 19
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 107-122

Participatory action research: Practical strategies for actively engaging and maintaining participation in immigrant and refugee communities
Author(s): van der Velde, J., Williamson, D.L., & Ogilvie, L.
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Qualitative Health Research,
Volume: 19
Issue: 9
Page Numbers: 1293-1302

Come into my life and see how it really is": Social assistance recipients' experiences of marginalization and attempts to achieve social inclusion through market citizenship
Author(s): Breitkreuz, R.S. & Williamson, D.L.
Publication Date: 2006
Publication: Life on the margins: Implications for health research. Frenchs Forest: Pearson Education Australia
Page Numbers: 40-57

Low-income people’s experiences with health-related services: Implications for health reform
Author(s): Williamson, D.L., Stewart, M.J., Hayward, K., Letourneau, N., Makwarimba, E., Masuda, J., Raine, K., Reutter, L., Rootman, I., & Wilson, D.
Publication Date: 2006
Publication: Health Policy
Volume: 76
Page Numbers: 106-121

Welfare reforms and cognitive development of young children
Author(s): Williamson, D.L., Salkie, F., & Letourneau, N.
Publication Date: 2005
Publication: Canadian Journal of Public Health,
Volume: 96
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 13-17

Welfare reforms in Canada: Implications for the well-being of pre-school children in poverty
Author(s): Williamson, D.L., & Salkie, F.
Publication Date: 2005
Publication: Journal of Children and Poverty,
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 55-76

The role of the health sector in addressing poverty
Author(s): Williamson, D.L.
Publication Date: 2001
Publication: Canadian Journal of Public Health,
Volume: 92
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 178-183

Health behaviours and health: Evidence that the relationship is not conditional on income adequacy
Author(s): Williamson, D.L.
Publication Date: 2000
Publication: Social Science and Medicine
Volume: 51
Issue: 1741-1754

Poverty and medical treatment: When public policy compromises accessibility
Author(s): Williamson, D.L., & Fast, J.E.
Publication Date: 1998
Publication: Canadian Journal of Public Health
Volume: 89
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 120-124

Poverty status, health behaviours, and health: Implications for social assistance and health care policy
Author(s): Williamson, D.L., & Fast, J.E
Publication Date: 1998
Publication: Canadian Public Policy
Volume: XXIV
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 1-25